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Parata to attend Shimon Peres' funeral

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 28/09/2016

Education Minister Hekia Parata will represent New Zealand at the state funeral of former Israeli president Shimon Peres, the government has announced.

The funeral takes place on Friday and Ms Parata is already in Israel attending an international education conference.

Mr Peres, 93, died on Wednesday after suffering a stroke two weeks ago.

He twice served as prime minister and later as Israel's president, winning the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat for their role in negotiating peace accords.

The funeral will be held in Jerusalem.

US President Barack Obama, former president Bill Clinton and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will be among those attending.

Britain will be represented by Prince Charles.

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